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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 11, 2010 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Death Don't...

take no vacation in this land...

Anyone else get moved by Jer's chilling and emotive interpretation of this powerful spiritual? Do you think the Reverend Gary Davis would be proud of Jerry's terrifying portrayal of a visit from the grim reaper?

There are many excellent versions of this song, one quite a bit different from the next. All are dark and frightening! The performances from the Dream Bowl (2/22) and Seminole Indian Village (5/24) are extraordinary, but after listening to many from 1969, I think the Ark performance from 4/22 is the very best. Jerr is pleading with both voice and guitar, and TC's cryptic organ work is terrifying...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-22.sbd.miller.88466.sbeok.flac16

What are your favorite performances of this quintessential work by the band?

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Poster: truckin52073 Date: Mar 13, 2010 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

This has been one of the more enlightening threads in a while. For some reason I've always overlooked this tune. I haven't listened to older versions posted here, but I am listening to the one from 10/09/89 and I really like the way they trade verses and the Morning Dew like climax towards the end. Especially the way Brent is beating the hell out of his Hammond B-3 with the drummers picking up behind him. This a total group effort. Thanks everyone, I didn't know I liked this song so much. Now, back to the earlier ones.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Mar 11, 2010 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

my fav death
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-11-02.sbd.goodbear.1125.sbefail.shnf

listened this morning 2 jorma (2002-08-21) version and it blew my mind. cliff should check out some acoustic tuna/jorma versions of the tune, esp 1st tuna album

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Mar 11, 2010 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

do you think the Reverend Horton Heat would be proud of the Dead's treatment of the Deep Ellum part of Dallas, TX? Of course he would!

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Mar 11, 2010 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Anybody have a link to the 3/26/68 show (sounds like a SBD) as shown on Youtube?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX9Qo_d8qHA

How did they play in SF at the Carousel and this place in Anaheim (both places listed on dead.net for this date) on the same night? I've had a hard enough time driving from Venice Beach to Anaheim in the same night.

This post was modified by DeadRed1971 on 2010-03-12 00:22:48

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Mar 13, 2010 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

DeadRed,
I think that Dead.net's got their dates wrong. Deadbase online, my copy of deadbase and setlist.com show that they only played the Anaheim gig that day (not too far from where I live, too bad it was torn down). According to these sources, the 3/26/68 show listed on dead.net at the Carousel is really 3/29/68, based on the setlist. Dead.net shows no show for the 29th and I think that's also a mistake based on other sources.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 11, 2010 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

My fav, by far, is thanks to our own SCBall! 4-6-69!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-06.fm.hunter-warner.fink.9389.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 11, 2010 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-10-10.sbd.miller-ladner.4513.sbeok.shnf http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-16.sbd.popi.7111.sbeok.shnf these 2 come to mind for me, Cliff....what's your take on these choices?

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 11, 2010 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-10-10.sbd.miller-ladner.4513.sbeok.shnf http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-16.sbd.popi.7111.sbeok.shnf these 2 come to mind for me, Cliff....what's your take on these choices?

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: Mar 11, 2010 9:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

One of my favorite deaths, and the first that comes to mind because of how recently I listened to it, is 3/21/70. Beautiful guitar work from Jerry that I think rivals any 1969 version.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Recently been checking out 10-8-68 with Bishop, Cassady and some others I think...Anyhow, the Death Don't is remarkable and you get the first Cosmic Charlie ever coupled with freeform jamming throughout....This performance is a little hit and miss for me, but when its on it is ON!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-10-08.sbd.belaff.17691.sbeok.shnf



This post was modified by Skobud on 2010-03-12 14:00:28

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 11, 2010 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

It's interesting to compare the versions on consecutive nights to hear just how differently Garcia could approach it:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-10-12.sbd.miller.86759.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-10-13.sbd.miller.86761.sbeok.flac16

In the first one Death comes in quietly and Garcia positively wails with outrage at the intrusion and refuses to accept it. The next night Death knocks at the door and this time Garcia gives a very bluesy acknowledgment of Death's undesirable yet inevitable appearance. It's great stuff.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 11, 2010 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Love your breakdown of these two here Rob!

I listened to the hell out of the '69 performances of this song over the past few weeks. The delivery is always different, but the message always the same...

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 11, 2010 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Very cool indeed, thanks for the suggestion. Since getting home from work I’ve checked out maybe twenty versions so far(DeadBase says they performed it 49 times) – most that I haven’t heard before – quite an awesome afternoon spent with Jerry. He really had a fine grasp of this song, vocally and instrumentally, that’s for sure.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 11, 2010 8:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

If you have the inclination, let me and SCB know what you think of that 4-6-69 version! And the guy in the crowd yelling out what sounds distinctly like "I dont wanna die!".

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 11, 2010 10:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

That's my favorite DDHNM: Apocalyptic. :)

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 12, 2010 3:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

It would be difficult to name one definitive version. Jerry just puts so much into it each time. Not sure of the proper musical terminology, but the great range of vocal inflection he works with – very poignant on 4/6/69 - really blow me away. Same applies to his guitar playing – unbelievable power and majesty. As for the guy in the crowd, if I had to take a guess, I’d say he was pleading, “I want love”, but it is hard to make out.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2010 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Yeah, depends when you listen to it as his voice comes thru differently, but a few of us did it in great detail and thought there is at least once when he says it...hard to be sure though. Amazing version though, eh? Guess you said that!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 12, 2010 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

I love the 4/6 Avalon performance Guillaume, but after doing an A-B comparison with the Death Don't from 4/22, I find the Ark performance carries the same desperation but better instrumental execution...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 12, 2010 6:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

I have that one in my rotation as well, CLIFF; will do some more comparisons at the gym when I am able...do agree that it has to be close though, as I had a friend that I sent the Ark shows to some time ago tell me it was the best, and I agreed (yr or two back), so I am confident in saying it is top five ish or what have you without having heard it in a long while.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Mar 11, 2010 1:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

10/12/68 is very strong. Favorite? The TOO > Death Don't from 03/02/69 is one of my favorite suites in Dead history.

Also like 10/09/89.

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 11, 2010 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Hard to say, as you point out they vary in one degree or another, which is a cool thing in my book. Nobody has mentioned 3/2/69 yet, the one from Live Dead (and the Fillmore 69 box) which we can’t stream anymore, but that version is pretty much etched into my consciousness.

First of all let me grant that none of the four versions done 1989-90 are gonna compare to 69 or 68. But to witness the return of a song - after twenty years! - well this always made for a special night. I was at the first, Shoreline 9/29/89, in fact all four, but this night with Formerly The Warlocks in Hampton stands out as quite memorable for me. The return of Dark Star (5 years) and Attics (17 years) didn’t hurt either. I recognize that many take issue regarding these latter performances, and I’m not sure about him sharing the vocals, but Jerry’s aged voice fits the tune, and he tears up the short guitar solo.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1989-10-09.sbd.miller.80840.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 11, 2010 2:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Agree with the 10/9/89 version 100%.
VERY powerful.
I think it would of been even more so if Jerry did all the vocals. His aging voice did suit this tune.

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Poster: vapors Date: Mar 11, 2010 3:22pm
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Heh – I actually thought Brent’s contribution was fine, but that didn’t seem like an appropriate observation in this thread ...

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 11, 2010 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Don't get me wrong - I loved Brent's vocals. I just thought that Jerry doing the whole song would have carried more weight.
But, on the other hand, Brent could of done all the vocals and that would of fit too. He could of really nailed that song. Fit his persona...

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 11, 2010 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Which do you prefer?

DS>St. Stephen>WT>11>Death

or

DS>St. Stephen>WT>11>Lovelight

I prefer the former.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 11, 2010 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Agreed. Definitely.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 11, 2010 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Disagree. But again, ya had to be there. If I were listening for the first time, I could go either way (no comments). The slow--fast--faster--slow arc is quite powerful. But Standing there watching and listening to DS become SS turn into the 11 and then, bam! Lovelight--it always brought me to my feet.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 11, 2010 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Admittedly I wasn't there, but I think the Lovelight finale is a younger man's choice. Aged 16/17 I have to say side 4 of Live/Dead wasn't getting a lot of play. Nearly 40 years later, I'm more inclined towards Death.

Musically speaking.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 11, 2010 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Interesting that they made sure to give you a choice on LIVE/DEAD! Depending on how you flipped the discs.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Mar 11, 2010 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

You and me bound to spend some time, wonderin' what to choose...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 11, 2010 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Agreed; Most definitely.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 11, 2010 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

As I recall, 2/28/69 has a really nice Death Don't coming out of the Eleven.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Mar 11, 2010 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Death Don't...

Not knowledgeable enough to have a favorite but I noted this morning that 3-18-67 is good.